Hungarian Stories of the Regime Change: Voices and Perspectives

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Imre József Balázs


Regime change narratives in Hungarian literature gained a new type of consistency around 2010, after two decades of postcommunism. The article analyses narrative strategies of novels written about the regime change, showing their tendency towards a microhistorical approach. The discussed novels include works by such minority authors as Ádám Bodor, Andrea Tompa, Sándor Zsigmond Papp, Zsolt Láng, who represent in their novels the dramatic regime change that took place in Romania in 1989.


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Balázs, I. J. (2020). Hungarian Stories of the Regime Change: Voices and Perspectives. Porównania, 27(2), 127-139.
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Imre József Balázs, Babeș-Bolyai University

Imre József Balázs is an Associate Professor at the Department of Hungarian Literature at Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj, and editor of the cultural review Korunk. His research interests include twentieth-century and contemporary Hungarian literature, minority cultures, avant-garde and socialist realism. In 2006 he was awarded the Arany János Prize for Young Scholars by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His major publications include: The Avant-garde in Transylvanian Hungarian Literature (2006, 2009), The New Centre: Tendencies in Contemporary Literature (2012). He has recently completed a monograph on the early works of Tibor Déry (2019). E-mail:


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